Boy apologises for stealing JCB at Stoke Cannon in a letter to vehicle’s owner

A boy who stole a JCB and crashed it into a tractor at Stoke Cannon has written a letter of apology to the vehicle’s owner, say police.

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to a property in the East Devon village at around 4am on Saturday, December 28, after receiving reports someone had broken in, stolen a JCB, crashed it into a tractor and gate – then ran off.

A 14-year-old boy was questioned by police and apologised for his actions in letters he wrote to the vehicle’s owner, and a witness.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police attended a property in Stoke Canon at around 4am on Saturday 28 December following reports of someone breaking into the grounds, stealing a JCB and driving it around, accidentally crashing into a tractor and a gate, before running off.

“A 14-year-old boy was subsequently taken into police custody and questioned by police.

“In agreement with the owner of the property, the boy wrote a letter of apology to the owner and to the witness of the incident as part of the restorative justice process.”


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